“The arts are under attack!” We hear this cry on a consistent basis as state and local governments wrestle with priorities to balance budgets. The arts always seem to be the first on the chopping block. Detroit continues to face seemingly insurmountable challenges, and one of the suggestions for how to raise capital to satisfy creditors is to sell off the outstanding art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Selling the DIA’s collection is only a short-term fix, that doesn’t actually alleviate the problem at all. It’s more for showmanship. It’s a statement that we can live without the arts. They are only important if they can be sold to raise money. Read the rest of this entry »